The most common times people stop to brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. At Marcos Ortega DDS in San Diego CA, we encourage regular brushing like this.
Sometimes, though, this routine gets interrupted due to hiccups in the schedule, from family life, shift work or exhaustion.
After dinner isn’t super cut and dried. Many San Diego families face irregular weeknight routines. As the school year progresses, some have games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups or other weeknight commitments. An irregular schedule often disrupts regular dental maintenance.
Many people have daily commutes or shift work to battle with. Due to the changing landscape of San Diego’s job market and the greater variety in shift schedules we see patients who are adjusting to irregularities in sleep patterns. This leads to exhaustion and often sleep takes priority over consistent brushing – either morning or night.
The most important time to be sure to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. These foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth without vigilant attention.
Highly acidic foods weaken the enamel, so it is best to swish with water immediately after consuming acidic foods to cut down the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.
For the best possible dental health, a regular brushing and flossing routine is best. When hiccups disrupt things, do your best to find the time.
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